Comic 349 - Blue Skies With A Chance Of Rayne, Page 12

25th Jul 2014, 11:00 PM in Blue Skies With a Chance of Rayne
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Author Notes:

Adam C. 25th Jul 2014, 11:00 PM edit delete
Adam C.
"Just don't write any letters to Ivy League. This is the kind of crap she lives for."

Way, way, waaaay back, I think before WaR had even premiered, me and Martin messed around in a crossover Role Playing game to see how well the two comics worked together. I went into it expecting Alex to be really surprised/horrified at kids being super-heroes, but turned out Martin wrote him as being totally cool with it. It made the crossover easy and fun, but always thought it was a touch odd.

When the time finally came to do the real crossover, I realized; Alex had his consciousness put into a sixteen-year-old girl. This IS a weird, weird job. Kid super-heroes probably ranks as almost boring to him. And judging by a the hints dropped in WaR about the super-hero community as a whole, Alex has probably seen way less qualified people to be heroes.

That kind of "seen it all" mentality really works freakishly well for Alex, and I think I wound up writing him like that for the rest of the chapter (thus far, not done writing it yet). Hell, a lot of super-heroes in general are like that, Batman and Spidey in particular. Can really be the source of some good comedy, so would like to bring it up some other time in Blues.

Didn't intend for Alex to look so uncomfortable in the second panel but really works. I didn't realize it until last Wednesday, but Alex doesn't actually talk about himself in the third person as a result of the change; everyone either doesn't discuss his real self or knows who he is. So this is sorta new ground and would make him reasonably uncomfortable.
Martin F. 26th Jul 2014, 2:45 AM edit delete
Martin F.
Yeah, it's sort of a thing with writing Alex that not a whole lot catches him off guard. I'm guessing over the last few years, with the rise of the blue bloods, other superpowered people, and magic becoming a bit more publicly known of he's been in the thick of a lot of it and probably has been stunned so many times over by a lot of things in the time he's been a superhero that not a lot phases him. Granted, that's not to say nothing will ever catch him offguard or stun him.

Yeah, the thing with Alex not talking about himself in third person much is an interesting little thing. That will of course become a bit more frequent as WaR goes on - just a couple of chapters from now there'll be a lot of that going on, for instance - but it really hasn't come up much so far. Really the body-swapping element of it in general has been kind of downplayed so far, just by virtue of how Alex and Dorothy don't know each other and don't travel in similar circles. Granted, there'll be more with that down the line too, naturally.

In either case, think I've pretty much said everything I've got on this one, just talking about its implications on WaR. Hope everyone enjoys though and we'll see you for more on Wednesday!


Wolfintina 26th Jul 2014, 2:57 AM edit delete reply
All four kids seem to be staring at Alex in awe in the first panel, Mr. Atlanta seems to fit the way less qualified to be a hero bill, this chapter is at the top of favorites list and it's only going to get better.
Adam C. 29th Jul 2014, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
Adam C.
Heheh... Hope so. ^^ The group and Alex'll be talking for a bit before... well, we'll see. ^^
Jax 29th Jul 2014, 4:05 PM edit delete reply
If you think about it, kids born with super powers is one of the more common ways in comics. The weird ones are the ones that get it from radiations and stuff.
Adam C. 29th Jul 2014, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
Adam C.
.... Hm....

No, I think I might dispute that outside of the X-Men. Most super-heroes outside of that franchise rely on accidents and radiation for their powers, (Thor and Superman being the only major non-Mutant examples I can think of). Not to say that heroes and villains born with it are UNcommon (X-Men alone probably bring that number into the hundreds), but think on the whole the majority acquired them later in life.

Granted, the Blue Star Comics universe, "born with it" is the most common explanation. Not just for blue-bloods but for most of the super-powered fellows in Wright As Rayne as well. That's why in Blues I try and mix it up, and even though the kids are born with their powers others get them through other means.

.... Didn't mean to rant on that, just thought it was a good point of conversation. I'm sorry.